Why can’t my high school adopt this policy? As Erin O’Connor reports:
An English high school has decided to cope with the problem of student profanity by tolerating it. Beginning this fall, students will be allowed to curse at their teachers, just so long as they don’t say “f–k” more than five times during a lesson. Part of the new policy involves keeping a running tally on the blackboard of how many times the word “f–k” has been uttered during a given lesson–a practice that promises to distract students. If the word is used more than five times during a class–and my guess is that some classes will turn into competitions to see just how many times the word can be uttered–students will be “spoken to” afterward by the teacher. The school’s idea is that this policy will improve student behavior by acknowledging their habitual language patterns while making a reasonable request for modification of those patterns. “The reality is that the f-word is part of these young adults’ everyday language,” the headmaster said. “As a temporary policy we are giving them a bit of leeway, but want them to think about the way they talk and how they might do better.” The school, which was labelled “not effective” by inspectors last year, will also be sending “praise postcards” to parents of students who avoid cursing and who show up on time for class.